Ruth Krehbiel Jacobs Scholarship Application


Applicants must be registered as a full-time student and at the junior, senior or graduate level at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university. Recipients must maintain full-time student status, in good academic standing, at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university. 
Preference may be given to those who demonstrate:
-Academic merit
-Passion for leading children and youth in music
-Intention to serve in church music ministry
Applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2019
Recipients will be notified by June 15th, 2019
Please fill in the information below as completely and accurately as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All supporting documents (letters of reference, additional documents) must be received by the application deadline for an application to be complete. 
Choristers Guild defines full-time student status as a minimum of 12 registered hours per semester. Recipients must submit proof of registration prior to receiving all funds and submit a completed grade report prior to receiving the second funds distribution. Scholarships will be paid to the school in care of the Bursar's office for distribution to the student. Payments are made twice a year (September and January) after proof of registration is received. 

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Essay Questions

Compose an essay that will answer the following questions:
1. Summarize your music background, including relevant choral experience as a singer and/or conductor.
2. How do you see yourself impacting children and youth through music in a church setting?
3. Choose one of the five Ruth Kriehbel Jacobs principles to discuss in your essay:
A. I believe that the children’s choir is potentially one of the greatest agencies that the Church possesses for rebuilding its waning strength. No other organization has greater natural opportunity for training in those qualities that characterize a strong Christian faith.
B. I believe that what children absorb unconsciously from their association of fine music, high ideals and participation in public worship, may have greater value than what we consciously teach them.
C. I believe that the greatest ultimate purpose of the children’s choir is worship; consciousness of the presence of God and active response to this presence.
D. I believe that our emphasis must be upon the child, not the subject. Great music has no value in itself; only when it penetrates the personality and its influence there does it really live. In the children’s choir, we have powerful forces at our command—music, worship and discipline.
E. I believe that if the children’s choir is to achieve the maximum of its potentialities, it must have a thoroughly trained leadership, which must be recognized by the Church as a legitimate and integral part of its educational program.
Please keep essay between 600 and 800 words.
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I have completed the above form as accurately as possible. I will send the link for the reference form (found at to the three references above with enough time for the references to complete the form before the application deadline. I will be responsible for ensuring that my references and application are completed and submitted before the application deadline. I understand that late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
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